There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion. Every sentence is doubly significant, and the sense of our author is as broad as the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. lecture, Aug. 31, 1837, delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Harvard University. The American Scholar, Nature, Addresses and Lectures (1849).